Today, i got a brand new GTX580. I've not gone with the absolute top card in any range before, but since i need this to be a real powerhouse for several years, there's no point doing anything but getting the best. It manages almost anything i throw at it at any settings (although 3DM2011 at Extreme does make it almost slideshow, it still runs at a "viewable" FPS).
Anyway, this thread isn't about whether it's worth it or not. It's about temperatures (and an AA "issue"). Basically, at default, the temperature was able to hit 82 C. I know the threshold is 104 C, but still, being within 18 degrees of that seems a little excessive. With MSI Afterburner, i've set it so it's at 72 while in moderate use. Are these temps normal for a GTX580? It's inside a Corsair Obsidian 800D with proper wire routing. The CPU is cooled by waterblock so no heat "overflow" from there (and the rad is mounted at the top of the case). It's basically a completely clear main compartment with decent airflow throughout. I've got a waterblock arriving for it on Monday which should hopefully chill it out a little. It's possible my room is a little warm (it's strange in that it's much hotter in this room than anywhere else in the house), but even when i was using my GTX460, it didn't get to anywhere near those temps (i recall it used to sit at around 45 idle and sub 60 load).
Another thing is that WoW seems to crash when i choose to set 32x AA in NV Control Panel. Is this a known issue, or is there some sort of fix for it? It's not really a major thing, but just thought i'd try and max the cards potential.
Overall, performance is excellent and for me it can't be beat. This heat issue has got me wondering though. So, is it really just a hot-running card?